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PostSubject: Feedback/score for Ruth   Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:12 pm

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This task is concerning the ghost ship "Mary Celeste", which has been a mystery for many years. The reading passge suggests that the ship was subject to piracy by the ship, that actually found the Mary Celeste, but the listening part disagrees with that solution and provides a different theory. Both parts agree that there are many theories concerning the Mary Celeste, but they contradict each other.

The listening part indicates that the captain, Benjamin Briggs, was a very confident and trustworthy captain. He was always watching out for his crew and they were very loyal to him. This contradicts the solution in the reading passage, where they suggest that there had been a mutiny aboard the ship, and the crew has killed the captain and then left the ship in the lifeboats. Moreover the listening part tells us that the sailor's didn't take any personal belongings with them, not even their pipes, which would be another reason against the mutiny-theory.

The theory, which is suggested in the listening part, is that the captain was afraid, that the ship was going to explode from alcohol. The Mary Celeste was carrying alcohol for the first time and didn't have any experience in that matter. As stated in the reading, the portholes and hatches of the ship were open, and this was the first task to let the fumes get out. Moreover 9 barrels of alcohol were found empty on the ship, and this could have been the barrels, that were leaking. Fire and explosion were at that time the greatest danger, so the captain decided to leave the ship with his crew due to the dangerous situation.

Both parts provide different theories for the abandoning of the Mary Celeste in the 18th century, and they both try to provide evidence for their theories, but are in contradicton to each other.

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Score/range: 3 ~ 3.5

This attempt at the task is very good. You did very well at linking many of the reading ideas to the listening ideas. You would probably score a 3.5 due to missing information regarding piracy and the confusion of your frist paragraph.

Areas to look at in order to progress

1. Keep your introduction separated from your main points. The introduction's role is to present the points that will be discussed or argued in the essay not to argue the points.

2. Avoid incorporating your own opinions in the integrated writing task. The function of this task is to see if you are able to extract information and relate it back. 'Look at the underlined parts in your second paragraph.

3. Review the reading passage after you have listened to the lecture. This will help you organize your notes, and help you double-check your reading and listening information.


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PostSubject: Feedback/score for Lysanne   Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:40 pm

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Both the lecture and the passage discuss about the mystery of the Mary Celeste, but each of them have a different opinion.

The lecture refute the passage about the mutiny aboard the ship by the crew that brought back the Mary Celeste. It says that the captain of the boat was a friend of Benjamin Briggs and that the court didn't found anything proof to claim they where guilty.

The lecture also says that there was no evidence that the crew killed the captain and his family and then abandon the ship. Mr Briggs had a good reputation and was loved by his crew members. Furthermore, they all abandon there personnals belongings on the ship, thing they wouldn't have done if they had left the ship volontary.

The main hypothesis which explain why they all abandon the ship is that they believe it was going to explode. The crew had never carry alcool before and they realise that nine barrels were leaking. Scared that the fume explode, they opened all hatches and portholes to aerate. That is why they were all found open. The captain was so scared of fire that the whole crew abandon the ship and probably died drowning or starving.

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This is a good attempt at the integrated task Lysanne. You did well at demosntrating the correlation between the two sources available. You would have scored a high 3, but probably not a four due to the grammar mistakes and some missing and incorrect information.

Areas to look at for progress

1. Be precise. You need to cover all the main points from the reading and the listening to be looking at a score of 5. The moment you start skipping on details you fall into the 4 range. The entire paragraph dealing with mutiny is lacking development.

2. Present all the relevant facts from the reading passage. Had you done that you would have noticed that some of the information you are presenting in your second paragraph is wrong.

3. Review the reading passage and compare your listening notes with your reading notes and the reading passage to ensure that everything is being covered and correlated properly.

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PostSubject: Feedback/Score for Vivi   Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:03 am

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According to the lecture, the two reasons given by the text to explain the disappearance of the Mary Celeste (What is the Mary Celeste? How did it disappear?) are inaccurate.

Indeed, the argument of a mutiny on the ship is not reliable as the Captain Benjamin Briggs had an excellent reputation within its crew and there are no chances the crew would have killed him and his family. The second argument of the text is that the crew who found the boat was responsible for the killing of the Mary Celeste crew and its Captain. However, the trial on this case reveals no evidence at all to prove this accusation; all the more that Benjamin Brigg and the Portuguese Captain were good friends for ages.

The real reason of the Mary Celeste disappearance provided by the lecture is that the ship was abandoned by the crew and the Captain because all of them were afraid of a risk of fire in the ship. Indeed, it was the first time the Captain Briggs was transporting alcohol in his ship, and apparently, because of the movement of the boat, some bottle started to leek and an alcohol smell expanded in the ship. It is also significant to mention that fire was the Captain greatest fear and though he decided to leave the boat with its crew on lifeboats. Unfortunately, the crew did not survive; the lifeboat probably drowned or the crew died from starvation.

To sum up, I would say that the text is missing one important argument given by the lecture. Somebody who would only have the text as reference would probably misunderstand what really happen to the Mary Celeste.

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Score/Range: 3.5 ~ 4

This is a very good effort at the integrated task. You coul have scored a 4, but the lack of information dealing with the reading and listening hurt you.

Areas to look at for progress

1. You need to develop the ideas more. At the moment, you are presenting the main ideas in a very vague manner. You need to develop these ideas further. The task does ask to summarize the main points from the listening and explain how they challenge ideas presented in the reading. You are not presenting the ideas from the reading.

2. Avoid absolutes unless indicated as an absolute. Look at the underlined phrases. For starters, this is your opinion –which is not required-, more importantly, look back at the reading passage, what does it say might have been a cause for mutiny? (Importance of taking into account the reading information).

3. Avoid words that change the meaning of what was said. For example, the Mary Celeste did not disappear.

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PostSubject: Feedback/Score for basemagd   Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:58 am

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There is a conflict between the passage and the lecture about the explanation of the mystery of the Mary Celeste which was considered as the original “ghost ship”. While the passage states that the captain and, or the crew were murdered, the lecturer thinks that this was due to alcohol leakage.
The passage states two possible scenarios. The first is that the captain and his family were murdered by the crew and after getting rid of their bodies they left the ship in one of the life boats. The passage adds that the crew did this because this captain was strict. The second scenario is that the ship and the crew how found the ship may be responsible of the missing captain and crew, where the got rid of them and after that they stole some of the valuable things onboard. The passage continues to discuss that they also took the ship to Gibralter to get a reward for finding a missing ship. On the other hand, concerning the first scenario, the lecturer argues that the captain of Mary Celeste was very experienced and his crew had had a good reputation. The lecturer elaborates by stating that if the crew has had escaped after killing the captain they would have taken some of their belongings and that is not what has happened. Regarding the second scenario, the lecturer states that the captain of the ship which found Mary Celeste was a friend of its captain and the court didn’t find any evidence that support this claim.
The lecturer states that the possible scenario for what have happened is that the 9 empty barrels of alcohol was due to the leakage which caused a lot of fumes. These fumes have scared the captain and his crew as the lecturer added that he has never carried alcohol in his ship before. This made them to rash and run away from the ship as it was about to explode.

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Thanks for attempting onlinenglish’s free iBT Integrated TOEFL test. We hope you enjoyed the experience.

Score/Range: 3 ~ 3.5

Areas to look at for progress

1. You need to show integration. Link familiar ideas together within a paragraph. This will demonstrate clarity and understanding for the test, which is an integrated task.

2. Note taking
a. Reading: Write down all the important notes from the reading passage. Do not write everything; note only the key elements and details.
b. Lecture: Listen to the introduction for the professor’s position on the given topic. Note down ideas that relate to the ideas taken from the reading passage. Use shorthand or abbreviations to make the note taking procedure faster.

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PostSubject: Mari Kur, let's work through this together   Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:30 am

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The lecturer disagrees with the explanation of the "ghost ship" in the reading. Espetially, about these remaining of the ship, personal belongings and alcohol.
The lecturer argues that salar is not arrowed to bring any personal belongins to the ship. So we could not find any valuable thing in the ship. However the author of the reading stats that some shipmen have taken few valuable things and they killed other crew and passengers.
Second, the speaker talked about the alcohol on the ship. The amount of the alcohol the ship was carring is much more bigger than ever and the crew was nervous about that. Then some alcohol were leaking and the smell of the alcohol was very strong. So, they could not but opening the hatchees and portholes. According to the lecturer, this lead the explosion of the ship.
These two explanation can prove the mystery about the "ghost ship" better than the reading.

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1. Let's aim at the content.
What are the three possible theories surrounding the Mary Celeste? Who said what?

2. What are the supporting details for each theory reported by the lecturer?

3. What are the supporting details for each theory reported by the reading?

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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:49 am

The lecture posed two possible theories to explain what happened in Mary Celeste, which are not the same as the the theories proposed in the passage.

The lecture claimed it was possible that the crew and the captain found the alcohol on the ship leaking. Thus they abandon the ship in order to save themselves as leaking alcohol is highly dangerous and may cause fire and explosion. This challenge the arguments in the passage that a mutiny happened on the ship and the crew killed the captain.

The second theory mentioned by the lecture was that the crew finding the missing ship did not killed the captain. It was because there were no any evidence showing that. Personal belongings have been left on the ship.This contradict to the claim ing the passage that the crew may haved killed the captain and helped to find the missing ship to get reward.
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PostSubject: Questions for alien   Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:58 pm

alien wrote:
The lecture posed two possible theories to explain what happened in Mary Celeste, which are not the same as the the theories proposed in the passage.

The lecture claimed it was possible that the crew and the captain found the alcohol on the ship leaking. Thus they abandon the ship in order to save themselves as leaking alcohol is highly dangerous and may cause fire and explosion. This challenge the arguments in the passage that a mutiny happened on the ship and the crew killed the captain.

The second theory mentioned by the lecture was that the crew finding the missing ship did not killed the captain. It was because there were no any evidence showing that. Personal belongings have been left on the ship.This contradict to the claim ing the passage that the crew may haved killed the captain and helped to find the missing ship to get reward.

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1. What are the theories proposed by the reading and the listening passages?

2. What are the supporting details put forward by both sources?

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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:34 am

mary celestle, the name of the ship has been found abandoned by the crew and was attended by the tempest on off the coast of portugal, leaving the debris. far far as reading passage is concerned, it lays emphasis on reasons disscussing what might have happened to the ship. it is assumed that one of the mystery of mery celestal is the mutiny that might have occured on board between the crew members and the captain himself. the crew might have killed the captain, benjamin, along with his family members and threw them overboard and then had left the ship, moreover 9 of 1701 alcohol barrels were missing, giving some support to the assumption. second reason for the abadonment of ship was assumed as that the people those who found the ship near the portugal coast might have killed the crew and the captain inorder to loot all the cargo, and inorder to hide their crime, they might have showed to the public that they found the ship, also they were in an intention to get some reward for their finding. . The listening was completely contrasting to what was in the passage. according to the audible, the records of mery were inexperienced. as according to the first reason in the paasage that crew might have killed the sailor, then why they did not took their personal belongings with them before leaving. moreover according to the listening part, the crew was more personal to the captain and their had been no clue to prove that they had killed the captain. secondly according to the listning part, it was suspected as the alcohol fumes that might have caused the panic in the ship, which made the crew to leave it. As 9 out of 1701 barrels might have leaked and which resulted in alcohol fumes, the fumes would have exploded thereby causing no damage to the ship. it made the sailors and the captain to jump into the sea, and may be in the sea they might have drowned and the ship was left on off the coast of portugal.
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:19 pm

According to the lecture, the speaker noticed some point to oppose the article. He mantioned that the captain had a good relationship with his crew and family. Therefore, they couldn't be killed and abandoned. In addition, there were several empty barrels on the boat; the wine which was in those barrels might just leak out. The speaker noticed that the reason why they abandoned the ship might be afraid of fire. In summary, the reasons of the ghost boat was catagoried in some horrible events. However, the lecture described some clues from science aspect.
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PostSubject: Anna' s Integrated writting   Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:49 pm

The reading passage and the lecture are about a mysterious ship Mary Celeste. That was found abandoned off the coast of Portugal in 1872. Both the lecture and the reading passage gives theories about what had happened to the crew of the ship.
The reading passage says that probably the ship was attacked by pirates leaded by the captain Benjamin Briggs. The crew of Mary Celeste was killed and thrown overboard. Because the ship was carrying a lot of alcohol this theory seems to be true. At the same time the lecture states that the captain Briggs was a very respectable man and everybody who knew him said that he would never do something like that.
The other theory that was stated in both the reading passage and the lecture is that the ship and the crew that found Mary Celeste have been responsible. The reading passage agrees with this theory. It was said that possibly members of that ship took some valuables and killed people from Mary Celeste. The lecture, however, says that there is no evidence that would prove this theory. The lecture states another theory which seems very real. It says that because Mary Celeste was carrying alcohol, crew members suspected that the ship was going to explode and abonded ship in hurry. The fact that few empty bottles were found on the ship gives more reasons to believe in it. Possibly, they were lost in ocean or died because of apcence of water and food.
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PostSubject: The Ghost Ship (timed task,first draft)   Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:10 pm

The lecturer discusses the theories behind the ghost ship, the Mary Celeste. According to him, the first theory is about Piracy Theory. In this theory, it is assumed that ship crew had mutiny and killed Captain Briggs because of being strict. However, the lecturer rules out this theory because there were evidence that the captain had gained respect from his crew since Captain Brigg was expert when it comes to his profession. Furthemore, the lecturer also stresses the Piracy is a weak theory because all the personal belongings of the crew were still on the ship which is an opposed situation from being pirated. Nothing was taken from the ship. In addition, the court could not produced any proof that Gracias, who was the Captain’s friend, lead the piracy.
On the other hand, the lecturer discusses the second theory which is about alcohol explosion. The lecturer strongly believes on this theory because it was recorded that it was the first time that Captain Briggs and his crew handled transportation of alcohol. It was said that some of the alcohol produced fumes since there were nine barrels found empty. Since fire is the captains’ greatest fear during that time, the Captain and the crew decided to leave the ship thru the small life boat. From there people might have died because of drowning from storm or from starvation which strongly support the reason why the people were nowhere to be found since then.
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PostSubject: Mary Celeste   Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:53 am

The reading passage is talking about a ship 'Mary Celeste' known as 'Ghost Ship' on how it was found abandoned on the coast of Portugal.The listening lecture is about clearing what could be the possible causes of the situation.
The first theory disclosed by the pasage is that the ship might have a mutiny,who along with other crew members killed the Captain 'Benjamin Briggs' and his family.but the lecture doubt this as the captain was known as a higly respectable and good repute man.
There is another theory saying that the crew that found the 'Ghost Ship' might be the brains behind this,as a british Navy officer also suspected them.To this teh lecture says that the sailors did not carry any personal belongings with them.Also no evidence against them was produced in the court.hence this possibily also not practical.
But boht the passage and the lecture agree on one point that the ship carried a cargo of 1701 barrels of alcohal,nine of which were found empty.
Hence the lecture assumes that one practical theory could be that the Captain got to wot about nine spilling alcohal barrels,to which he and all crew members jumped off the ship before it catches fire.
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PostSubject: ghost ship   Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:27 am

The story tells about the "ghost" ship called Mary Celeste which was found abandoned on the coast in Portugale. The ship was travelling from New York to Italy, Genoa.
The portholes of the ship were found open, nor people neither crew of the chip were found on aboard of the ship.
Nobody knows the exact explanation of this story.Howeever, there are two probable versions.One is that the captain of the ship was killed by the crew which then abandoned the crew on lifeboats. There are some facts making this assumption probable: the ship had barrels of alcohol, 9 of which were found opened on the board.
Another version of the "mysterious" incident is that the people who have found the ship were the onew responsible. Version assumes that the suspected people have killed the crew and the passengers, has taken some valuable things and wanted to receive rewards for finding the ship.
In fact there were records that the British Navy officer suspected the crew which was tried to bring it to the court.
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PostSubject: Integrated writing   Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:11 pm

here are similar points in the reading and lecture.
In the olden days people travelled for political and economical purposes, later for personal pleasures which is similar to the point in reading that tourists took trips in search of resouces , later travelled for cultural, educational and scientific purpose. The ethenic tourism is meant to enjoy folk dances. costumes, culture and aborigionalfestivals which is quoted alike in reading part such as the trips are meant for cultural, educational and scientific purposes.
Earnest Heming was an adventurous tourist who loved to explore longer distances with the help of his servants and enjoyed wild hunts and this point is supported in the reading passage as Hemingway enjoyed exposing people to the possibilities of jouneying to farway lands for adventure.

The dissimilarities are
The environmental tourism has been working to save the natural beauty and wildlife where as the reading article has a contrast point that the environmental trips are for the pleasure of hunting and killing the wild life.
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PostSubject: Integrated writing   Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:13 pm

Sydney opera house is a famous architechture in Australia. The design of Opera house has been selected from the thousands of entries recieved for an international competition in 1956, designed by a Danish architect John Utzon. The design of the Opera house is more like a sculpture than a building as it appeared to change the shape depending on the direction of the view. Utzon designed the curved roof of the Opera house which looks like a sailing ship.

Roof was the extra ordinary part of the design. It was a challenge to the Enggineers as they came across so many problems , like stabilizing the shells that rose 200 feet high, during the construction. They have used different new materials for the stabilization of the buildings.


Totally it took 17 years to complete the building. Many problems such as over budget, political involvement, dissimilarities in ideas between engineers and contractors led to the delay in the project.

Professor refers that the opera house as a master work of Architechture. It is an unique and modern building which meets the international standards. According to her point of view, it is a skyscraper famous for the imaginative skills of the architects. It brought a hitech revolution among architechtures. Its a blend of art in Enggineers, computers and architects. One of the beautiful, recognised and renowned building in the world.
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PostSubject: Mystery of the ship Mary Celeste   Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:03 am

Both reading and the listening passages are explaining about the mystery of the Mary Celeste, but they have different views. From the reading passage, it is evident that the cause of the abandoned ship without any passengers was due to piracy However, the speaker on the listening passage cast doubts in some attributes

The ship captain Benjamin Briggs and his family members were killed and thrown into the sea by the crew members as he is very strict but the listening part clarifies that he is very strict and respected by the crew members.

The reading passage points out that the captain of the ship Mary Celeste killed the crew and passengers for the valuable things. But there is no evidence in the ship that the piracy has taken place as no valuable things are taken out of the ships, even the pipes of the passengers. This clearly gives an over look that there is no chance of piracy taken place on board.

Another reason seems to be strong that is explosive material like 1701 barrels of alcohol are carried in the ship where 9 out of them are empty. As the captain came to know that those 9 bottles were leaked and may cause explosion, the crew opened the pot holes and hatches of the ship and abandoned the ship in a short period of time.
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PostSubject: TOEFL essay: People attend college or university for many...   Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:48 am

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I am new on this forum; actually this is my first topic. I am preparing to take the Toefl exam and hope you people to help me to succeed.
I made an essay, my first one, and I posted here if someone can read it and give me some suggestions.
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People attend college or university for many different reasons (for example, new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge).
Why do you think people attend college or university? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.


Nowadays, education plays a very important place in our life. Many students want to attend a college or university for different reasons. In the following essay I will try to explain some of them.

Some students think to a college or university as a new life, a new experience. Actually it is. Usually most of them lived with their parents and depended on them, so when they left home, they have to get used to take care of themselves, learn in a different environment and be organized. The university as a new city or a new country is really new from all points of view. A new country implies learning the language, so he needs to exercise a lot, work in a team and make new friends. Communication is the best way to learn a new language and help him to understand the new courses and have the best results. This is the excellent period to make the best friends.

Apart from gaining new experience, studying to a college or university can increase our knowledge. They give us a professional learning for a specific domain and a better understanding of the outside world. Taking as an example Computer Science University, it teaches us the basic of programming, algorithms and where to look for information and how can we learn it. Because the programming technology is growing up very fast, as a programmer you have to keep up with new technologies and the university is the one who teaches as this if you want to be a professional. Moreover, it can improve our English knowledge because all IT documentations are in English.

Besides, attending a college or university means a preparation for future carriers. Carrier is the one who gives us a better future. Having a good education in your specialty it gives you great opportunities. If you are qualified and have a rich resume, the companies will look for you. This means a better salary and position into a big company. Many companies are looking for the best students and offer them a position even if they are still in the school.

In a nutshell, attending a college or university is beneficial to us. We have to be very well specialized to have a great future and to contribute to our society. Learning doesn’t heart you and makes you a great person.
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PostSubject: Kindly give me feedback on my essay. Thank you   Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:31 pm

Subject: The Ghost Ship (timed task,first draft) Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:10 am

The
lecturer discusses the theories behind the ghost ship, the Mary
Celeste. According to him, the first theory is about Piracy Theory. In
this theory, it is assumed that ship crew had mutiny and killed Captain
Briggs because of being strict. However, the lecturer rules out this
theory because there were evidence that the captain had gained respect
from his crew since Captain Brigg was expert when it comes to his
profession. Furthemore, the lecturer also stresses the Piracy is a weak
theory because all the personal belongings of the crew were still on
the ship which is an opposed situation from being pirated. Nothing was
taken from the ship. In addition, the court could not produced any
proof that Gracias, who was the Captain’s friend, lead the piracy.

On the other hand, the lecturer discusses the second theory which is
about alcohol explosion. The lecturer strongly believes on this theory
because it was recorded that it was the first time that Captain Briggs
and his crew handled transportation of alcohol. It was said that some
of the alcohol produced fumes since there were nine barrels found
empty. Since fire is the captains’ greatest fear during that time, the
Captain and the crew decided to leave the ship thru the small life
boat. From there people might have died because of drowning from storm
or from starvation which strongly support the reason why the people
were nowhere to be found since then.
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PostSubject: ghost ship   Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:06 am

The lecture is about the Mary Celest, the "original ghostship". This ship was found without the crew in the 1870s.
One theory is that the ship was the victim of a piraty attack, However, according to the lecturer, the ship that found the Mary Celeste was captained by a friend of the captain of the Mary Celeste. Researches could not find any hint for a suspicous action of that. In addition the crew did not have anything valuable on board at all.
Another theory is that a mutiny took place on the Mary Celeste. The fact that nine barrels of alcohol were empty seem to support this theory. But the crew was expierenced and trustable.
The lecturer provides another explantaion for the abandoned ship. According to him the fact that nine barrels of alcohol were empty were caused by leaking and this worried the captain because of the danger of an explosion. So maybe this explsion happened without damaging the ship, which an physician proved to be possible or the crew left the ship and died by starvation and thurst.
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PostSubject: mary celeste mistery   Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:24 pm

The mistery of the Mary Celeste's crew it's explained by several theories.
One of them it's that it was a mutiny on board, however this doesn't have many bases because, Benjamin Briggs was known as a very respectable captain as the crew it self, so it seems very unlikely that the crew as turn on him. That, plus the fact that the crew didn't have taken their personal things, make this theory improbable.
On the other hand, it may be possible that the same crew that found de Mery Celeste, be the one who killed them for the reward. In fact their were processed by an English court. However the men that found it, was a friend of the captain, and they don't find any suspicios about it, so it doesn't seem right.
The third theory seems to the be more acurate, says that the captain and crew were afraid of the alcohol that was being transport, would make the ship explote, this bassed on the leaking of some bottles that were not found with the rest of the barrels. Fronting this situation the captain and the crew decided to leave the ship, dying of starvation or thurst.
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:45 am

Here, the professor makes a sveral points about the mystrey of mary celeste. First he says that, the captian Brakes who was accused of taking valuabe was a respected and good reputade person and professor is strongly against of reading passage. Which says pirecy had occured during that period.
Professor says that Court also fail to prove anything suspecious about it.

To make it more clear he further says, leaking of alchol may have caused the explosion. Because Captian Bengiamin was carrying alchol first time in his ship. So , he might had afraid of fire explosian and left the ship immediately in small life boat. But the reading passage is talking about taking valuable from the ship and killing the people who are in that ship to, remove the evidence.

In this way the reading passage is contradicted with the professor.
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PostSubject: wr-1   Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:24 pm

The reading passage and the lecture try to explain the mystery of the ghost ship Mary Celeste.

The lecturer opposes the first theory of mutiny. He said that the Captain Briggs was well-respected by his crews. There is good camaraderie between them and the crews are not known to be violent people.

The second theory, piracy, does not conform with the evidences found. The personal belongings and valuables of those aboard are still on the ship. The court of law dismissed the case against the accused looters because of lack of evidence.

The lecturer explained that what might have happened is that there was a sign of fire in the ship. The crews opened the portholes and hatches to get free of the fumes but when this did not diminished the fumes, the passengers, crews and the captain jump off the ship. The missing nine barrels of alcohol mighallowed tot have caused the fire. It was the first time that the captain carried and transported alcohol in his ship and so it is possible that the sign of fire scared the wits out of him especially when he knew that he is carrying 1701 barrels of alcohol on board that might explode.

Experiments in the laboratory supported this explanation. According to experiments, it is possible that an explosion in the ship did not damage the entire ship.
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PostSubject: The Mystery of Mary Celester   Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:34 pm

As to the sinking of Mary Celester, the lecturer in his lecture refutes both explanations found in the passage and raises another explanation instead.

The first explanation the passage mention about is the ship was attacked by pirates who killed the crew and captain and robbed the treasure on the ship. However, the lecturer finds that the captain of Mary Celester is a veteran captain with solid experience, which means it was not easy for any pirate to rob his ship. Additionally, the treasure on the ship is untact and no signs of being robbed. Thus, the lecturer thinks the explanation of pirates attack is grounless.

The second theory questioned by the lecturer is about a foul play committed by another ship. But the lecturer find that both captains from these 2 ships are friends and no any evidence of violence occured on Mary Celester. Therefore, this theory is also unacceptable to the lecturer.

The lecturer finally gives a explanation on the sinking of Mary Celester that he think is sound and reasonable. He talks about the possiblity of leaking alcohol lead to the fear of explotion of the ship. He finds that the captain has no experience on transporting alcohol before. It is said that while the leaking alcohol from 9 out of 1701 barrels ignite the fire, the captain ordered the crew abandoned the ship. The crew left the ship by riding lifeboat. However, they was killed by drowsing or starvation in the sea at last.
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PostSubject: The Mystery of Mary Celester   Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:15 am

Mary Celeste is a ship which was found with no crew but all goods on it. Both the text and the lecture are providing theories for the cause.
According to the lecture, the reason for the abandonment of the ship Mary Celeste has its reason in the the danger of an explosion and fire, one of the biggest treats for ships. The professor explains, that the ship transported many barrels of alcohol. Benjamin Briggs, the captain of the ship never had such possibly explosive goods to transport before. The lecture mentions, that only 9 filled barrels where found in the abandoned ship. This could be a hint, that the barrels had a leak and that the captain ordered to leave the ship in lifeboats. People assume that they then starved or drowned.
In contrast, the text provides different theories. One says, that the crew has killed the unpleasant captain and then left the ship by boats. The lecturer casts doubt on this opinion because Briggs was a very good and popular captain and all personal things of the crew where still on the boat.
The second theory mentioned in the text, says that the crew of the ship which found the Mary Celeste has killed all people. After this, they brought the ship back and earned the money for finding it. The professor puts this in question, too. He notes that the captain of the second ship was a friend of Briggs and he can't imagine that he has killed him.
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PostSubject: The Mary Celeste   Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:25 am

Both the lecture and the Passage talked about the Mary Celeste, the first "Ghost ship" known. The Lecture actually contradicts the accounts given in the Passage..
While the passage Called the Captain of the ship a strict man, the lecture actually indicted that Captain Briggs was well respected and loyal . So, the crew could not have killed the Captain. The claims of mutiny on the ships were just claims.
The passage mentioned that the Crew of the ship that found the Mary Celeste could have killed them. The lecture points out these claims are false because the Captain of the other ship was Captain Brigg's friend. Moreover, the lecture also indicted that the Captain and his crew members were taken to court and no proof of mutiny was found against them.
The lecture insisted that the Captain and his crew members abandoned the ship because they thought that it was about to explode due to the alcohol vapors that was rising in the ship. The lecture indicted that the crew probably died of starvation or drowned and that is the reason why they were never seen again.
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